Notes from the President:
Since its founding in 1919, Easter Seals has been focused on innovation to change the way the world defines and view disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. One of our most successful recent innovations has been our Veteran Staffing Network (VSN). Conceived as a social venture to create a long-term, sustainable solution to help veterans and military family members transition to civilian careers, VSN operates nationally.
We serve businesses by operating as a staffing agency that helps them recruit and retain veterans and military family members. We help veterans, wounded warriors and their spouses navigate career paths outside the military by providing them with free coaching and placement services.
The VSN was started thanks to funding from an array of generous organizations that share Easter Seals’ commitment to helping veterans and military spouses succeed in their careers, including our Founding Social Impact Partner Capital One. Through their support, we developed our unique, holistic approach to employment services. Now the VSN is a thriving asset for both employers and veterans by providing the support infrastructure each need to succeed.
This month, we were honored to be recognized by one of our chief funding partners for the VSN. The Kessler Foundation, a public charity dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities, is highlighting the VSN in a new Impact Report on the project. Thanks to the generous gift from the Kessler Foundation in 2014, as well as Capital One, the Call of Duty Foundation, USAA Funds, the Morris Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and United Way of the National Capital Region, we have been able to build the VSN into a successful program that is helping thousands of veterans and military family members build a successful civilian life.
One such veteran is Mike Inzeo, who found out about VSN while he was dropping his son Mikey off at one of our child development centers. A meeting with one of our employment coaches put him on a path to the career he wanted:
The trained employment coaches at VSN work closely with all job applicants, helping them every step of the way, from writing a marketable resume, to evaluating how well a job placement suits them and their employers once they’re on the job. To date, VSN has coached 7,733 veterans and military spouses and placed nearly 1,500 in meaningful careers. In addition to coaching and job placement, Easter Seals provides comprehensive, wrap-around support services the veterans transitioning to civilian life, which also benefits the businesses seeking to hire veterans and military spouses. Those services include Little Warriors Early Education and Child Care, Military Family Respite, and The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals.
If you or someone you know would benefit from working with the VSN as either a job seeker or an employer, visit www.vsnusa.org to learn more.